The Stone Roses And The Resurrection Of British Pop Paperback – 21 Jun 2001
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"A must for Roses fans and musos alike." (The Big Issue)
The definitive biography of The Stone Roses, one the most important bands in British music historySee all Product Description
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The book looks great but I felt "Was that it?" after I finished reading it but if you want the best book about The Stone Roses then I have a feeling this is the book that you should get.
In fairness to John Robb, the account is pacy & thorough, he does know his subject matter. However, you find yourself wondering what he was doing during English lessons. Was he staring out of the window? surreptitiously listening to Joy Division on a walkman? dreaming of rock stardom? One thing is for sure - he wasn't paying attention. The Grammar is appaling, the construction of sentences is er...rudimentary, you will flick back & forwards wondering if you are reading the same page twice as he reuses phrases repeatedly a page or two apart & makes many, many claims that just cannot be substantiated and are simply opinion - but presented as fact.
It's clear that John had a REAL good time on Ecstasy, yet cocaine is the devils dandruff - bit of a double standard there one thinks. Overall, this comes across as a fanboi account (nothing wrong with that, I'm a Roses fanboi) written by a none too bright thirteen year old in a hurry to get to footy practice. It's just not grown up enough to warrant its subject matter. One has to wonder as a result, where was the publisher in all this? No sub editors? no proof readers? No taste police? It all has the brackish whiff of a quick cash in on what was one of the biggest musical car crashes of the 90's. An ok read, but should have been a great one. 5/10, must try harder Mr. Robb.
The book tells the Roses story year by year. We get a lot of detail from the early years and about the exploits of the young Roses as they form the punk band English Rose, and form scooter gangs in urban Manchester. The Roses years are told in an enthusiastic way with many opinions and memories from various wide eyed fans. The descriptions of the gigs and records sound exciting and go some way to showing what it must have been really like to be there as a diehard Roses fan. The "lost years" as the band record the "Second Coming" sound just as banal as those years must have been.
There are no interviews with the Roses theirselves in this book, except quotes from old music press interviews. This means that this is a good book from a fans point of view. This is the key - it's written by a fan for Roses fans, but there's also no real revelations or shock. Any Roses fan will know most of this already. I am certain that there are many shocking and unbelievable stories that remain untold about the Roses (especially about their lost years). But until Mani writes his own version of events (as I'm sure he will in 15 years time when Primal Scream retire) we will never know. I wasn't expecting a book full of revelation, I expected a good read about the Roses story. This is exactly what I got and this book is a very good read indeed. This is easily the best Stone Roses biography available. A good book about a great band.
I bought it for my holiday this year and could not put it down. I would recommend it to any Stone Roses fan however large or small. It doesn't only deal with bands rise to fame, it gives you a real insight into social background of the 4's upbrining in Manchester, delves deep into their personalities, places your mind right in the centre of the evolving scene at the time, lets you feel exactly what the band we about and deals with the turbulent 5 year absence after 'One Love'.
Don't fall into the trap of hoping to compare this books greatness with 'The Stone Roses' album. Very few things in life ever get that good. It should be judged on its own merits, set apart from the legendary music, scene and attitude that it attempts to put into words.
An essential companion for any Stone Roses fan.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great blow-by-blow account for those not in the know already. I fortunately met John Robb a couple of months ago and got him to sign it for me :))Published on 9 July 2014 by CeeVeeTee
If,like me, you were too young know of the Ups and Downs of the Stone Roses then this is the perfect book. It details the lives of Ian,John,Mani and Reni (and others! Read morePublished on 26 Oct. 2013 by Corrinne harding
A truly awful book.I didn't even finish it as reading it was more painful than having pins stuck in my eyes.
John Robb is to writing what Hitler was to world peace.
The band's reformation reminded me of my favourite book when i was growing up. So I went back and read John Robb's Stone Roses book, which for a lot of us was a classic rites of... Read morePublished on 21 Oct. 2011 by Jane
1984-1996. The early years are especially informative and you get the impression that John Robb was quite possibly present. Read morePublished on 3 Jun. 2006 by Scottish D
Brilliant written account of the rise and fall of the Stone Roses. John Robb's energetic and factual account of the Stone Roses is bang on the button and far better written than... Read morePublished on 22 Sept. 2005
Having returned to the Roses' two 'official' albums time after time, I wanted to read about them in detail. Read morePublished on 14 Dec. 2004 by Mr. K. M. O'brien
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